Happy New Year!It's been much too long,too long even to try to explain reasons for my absence so I thought I'd start the year in a joyful way and look back at my stitchy journey in 2012.
It's really lovely to create these mosaics of your finished work and I recommend it as quite a good motivator and a nice way to take stock and identify any patterns or running themes that you may have unintentionally used.I chose a selection of my work from this past year and split them in two and it's strange comparing them to last years' mosaic.The difference that struck me most was that I've used less vintage materials and some brighter shades of the pinks,purples and blues I so love.I also have started painting the fabric as well as embroidering it which I really love because I'm finding I can achieve what I envision more easily.So I got a load more fabric paints for Christmas and will be using them lots more.
Last year was a year of change in our household and my work time was sparse and virtually non existent some weeks so my work had to slow down a bit and I only took on what I could realistically achieve.However my son did start school full time in October and not counting a couple of weeks of sickness I managed to experience some glorious uninterrupted working days.I don't think I realised how much of a difference it made to be able to complete tasks in one sitting.I was actually shocked how much I did create in 2012 when I was going through my images.
I did also start selling postcards of my some of my embroideries and I'm so delighted that has gone well and has mean't I can go ahead with my plans for 2013 which are to dedicate my time to my embroidered illustrations and sell reproductions of them.This means not making any more textile jewellery for the time being(but I find that I always make more for the Christmas season so I'll see how that goes)I have two planned collections at the moment.One is called The Collectors which as the name suggests is about people and they're collections.It was my piece 'She was a sewing machine'that prompted this idea and as a collector myself(Russian dolls and Cornishware)I love finding out what people collect and how they display their collections.I had great feedback on my facebook page about this and have some great ideas for possible pieces now.This the first piece at the sketching stage and thought I'd use russian dolls as I have plenty of them to use as reference.
And this is a rare picture of me at my drawing board.Using my favourite micron pens.Love them!
I'll leave you with a sneak peek of the first embroidery from the second collection called Sleeping Beauties.I finished the sketch for it quite a while ago and have finally started bringing it to life with paint and stitch.
Well it's lovely being back in blogland and I promise I won't leave it so long next time. I'm actually working on sorting out my website at the moment so hopefully I'll be back to show you that soon but before I say toodle-oo I thought I'd point you in the direction of the most gorgeous website/blog I discovered at the end of last year. Fleuropean is the home of the Lonely Bouquet project and follows the lovely Emily on her journey leaving floral beauty everywhere she goes.Emily create's stunning bouquets and leaves them with a lovely note attached in public places so people can take them home.Her photos are stunning too.She has a facebook page also.Hope you check it out.